Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Naval Chief On Myanmar Visit


Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma visited Myanmar from 24 to 26 Aug 11. The visit was aimed at enhancing the existing Navy-to-Navy cooperation as also to impress upon top-level Myanmar government including defence authorities the need for closer interaction between the two navies to address common concerns by enhancing service-to-service relationship.

During the visit Admiral Nirmal Verma made a courtesy call on the President of Myanmar, HE U Thein Sein. In addition, the CNS had a series of meetings with the high ranking officers of the Myanmar Armed Forces including the Commander in Chief of Myanmar Defence Forces Gen Ming Aung Hlaing and Commander in Chief of Myanmar Navy Vice Adm Nyan Tun.

The discussions with the Myanmar senior leadership covered a range of issues that influence regional security, particularly in the maritime domain and mutually beneficial issues pertaining to defence cooperation.

Ways and means to enhance naval cooperation in terms of training as also material assistance towards capability enhancement were discussed.

Monday, August 29, 2011

IAF Becomes First Defence Organisation To Recieve License To Issue Digital Certificates



The IAF took another significant step towards its net-centric vision, when the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne was formally handed over the license to issue Digital Signature Certificates by the Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA), Dr N Vijay Aditya at Air Headquarters today.

As a part of the AFNET (Air Force Network) Project, Digital Signatures issued by a license holder would provide the legal recognition to an electronic document under the IT Act 2000. With this, the IAF would be able to put in place a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), which is a practical strategy for achieving information security in today’s highly networked environment. An essential component for providing enhanced Information Assurance and Identity Management Capabilities, PKI would provide data integrity, user identification and authentication, user non-repudiation, data confidentiality, encryption and digital signature services for programs and applications on Air Force Network. It would also issue and manage software and hardware certificates on the state-of-the-art IP/MPLS (Internet Protocol/ Multiprotocol Label Switching) network of the IAF. With this system in place, the IAF becomes the first defence organization and the second Government body,[first being NIC (National Informatics Centre)] to receive the coveted license.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

IAF's Siachen-based 114 HU Evacuates Two Foreign Trekkers In Ladakh








In a daring rescue mission, pilots of Leh based 114 Helicopter Unit evacuated two foreign nationals, Kristina Chnapekova (Slovakian) and Valasske Mezrici (Czech) from higher reaches of Padam valley in Zanskar ranges of Ladakh region on 22 Aug 2011.


2.A nine member trekking expedition comprising of Czech & Slovakian nationals was in Shinkun La area, approx 60 Km SE of ‘Padam’ in Ladakh region of J&K, when some members developed high altitude related sickness. One member of the team succumbed to the high altitude sickness and two others were in critical condition when the team requested for an immediate air rescue through their embassy.

3.HQ Western Air Command of IAF immediately swung into action and tasked Leh based 114 HU for the rescue mission. 114 HU (nicknamed ‘Siachen Pioneers’) obtained necessary details required for planning the mission and a two helicopter rescue team led by Wg Cdr A S Rajput planned the rescue mission including route, fuel planning, power calculations & flight safety aspects despite very limited available time.

4.The crew including Sqn Ldr S Agrawal, Flt Lt A Bharmoria and Flt Lt Dipin Chakravorty’s accurate assessment of the situation became the basis of the planning of the cas evac mission from Shinkun La. This mission involved landing at very limited space on a mountain side at a density altitude of more than 17000 ft. The mission was critical in terms of restricted landing site, negligible reserve of power, limited availability of day light hours, valley clearance and unprepared landing site. The “Siachen Pioneers” crew displayed highest level of professionalism, planning and courage without fearing for their own safety, resulting into the successful completion of the mission. The two helicopter formation landed back well beyond the sunset time almost in darkness. Air Cmde S P Wagle VM, Air Officer Commanding AFS Leh, personally supervised and coordinated the entire mission.

5.Once again Air Force Station Leh and 114 HU have lived up to their motto “WE DO THE DIFFICULT AS A ROUTINE, THE IMPOSSIBLE (MAY) TAKE A BIT LONGER”. They further enhanced the image of IAF and its helicopter fleet in the eyes of the world by saving the lives of a Czech and a Slovakian national in spite of the extremely challenging landing on the mountain side and dangerously deteriorating light conditions.

PRO Palam


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Indian Troops Complete Joint Training Exercise On Salisbury Plain In The UK





Assisted by British Chinook helicopters, Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Challenger Battle Tanks, soldiers from the Indian Army’s 3rd Bihar Regiment successfully carried out a counter insurgency operation exercise in the middle of Salisbury Plain on Friday (19 August 2011). It was the final day of four weeks of training alongside British troops from 19 Light Brigade in the bilateral military Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR.

As the 100 Indian Infantry soldiers arrived at the objective in two Warriors and four Chinooks and started to fan out they were watched from nearby high ground by their commanding officer, Colonel Gahan Deep Singh and two senior officers, Major General Sunil Jha from the Indian Army’s South West Command and Brigadier Sarb Jit Singh Deusi, commander of 83rd Infantry Brigade.

It did not take long for the ‘insurgents’, played by soldiers from B (Rorke’s Drift) Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh, to be overcome and captured. The Welsh soldiers were impressed by the professionalism of the Indian soldiers: “They were very aggressive and determined and nothing was going to stop them,” said Colour Sergeant Lee Harris. “They knew what positions they needed to be in and were very quick. Many of their tactics were different from ours but they were very effective – they knew exactly what they had to do and how many soldiers to commit.”

It was the culmination of a month of Company Level field exercises on Salisbury Plain Training Area for the soldiers of 3rd Bihar Regiment who arrived in the UK from their base in Rajasthan at the beginning of August. Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR has been simulating a scenario where both nations are working together on a joint operation. The British and Indian Armies have developed a close relationship over the past three years – Indian soldiers exercised with British troops in 2008 in the UK and last year a reciprocal Company exercise took place in India.

Having watched the exercise General Jha said: “We want to learn from each other and there has been a real meeting of minds on this exercise. Being able to sit down and talk about different tactics, drills, the amalgamation of technology and operations has been good for both sides.

“What I have seen today shows that the application of technology and force multipliers acting as part of coalition forces far away from their mainland, building a logistical chain, and operating in a country with a different culture and language is a very valuable lesson my troops will take home. Any time two Armies get together like this there are phenomenal mutual gains.”

The last month has not been all work and no play for the visiting Indian soldiers and a number of cultural and sporting events were included in the programme of events. These included visits to London and Longleat and a cricket and football match.

Brigadier Stuart Skeates, the Commander of 19 Light Brigade, said: “We could not have wished for a better group of officers and soldiers to train alongside. This has established a relationship with the Indian Army for the future – they have been able to learn from us and us from them – it is always good to share ideas over cups of tea around camp fires and bashers. I hope the last four weeks on Salisbury Plain have strengthened and developed that relationship."

Eurofighter Typhoon On QRA Interception Training With New Lufthansa A380 “Wien”





INS Satpura Commissioned








INDIAN NAVY ADDS INS SATPURA TO ITS FLEET

The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma today commissioned INS Satpura into the Indian Navy. Satpura is the second of the indigenously designed and constructed stealth frigates of the Shivalik Class, built by Mazagon Dock Ltd, Mumbai. This momentous occasion is a ‘red-letter’ day for the Navy, and is a tribute to the indigenous ship building industry which further strengthens the Navy’s resolve to move from a buyer’s Navy to a builder’s Navy.

The ceremony was marked with an inspection of a Guard of Honour by the Chief of Naval Staff. The CMD of Mazagaon Docks addressed the gathering after which the Commanding Officer Captain Sharath Mohan read out the Commissioning Warrant. The formal ceremony began with the Colour Guard presenting arms while the National Flag & Naval Ensign were hoisted along with the Commissioning pennant for the first time onboard the Ship, thus marking the induction of INS Satpura into the Naval Fleet. INS Satpura and also other ships in the Naval Dockyard were dressed overall for the occasion.

INS Satpura is armed with a formidable array of surface, sub-surface and air-defence weapons. These include long range anti-ship missiles, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-missile defence systems, which can detect and engage the enemy at extended ranges, thereby giving her significant combat power. The weapon-sensor fit of the Satpura is controlled through a Combat Management System, designed and developed by the Indian Navy and manufactured by Bharat Electronics. The system allows the seamless integration of the ship’s systems as well as with the weapons and sensors of other Fleet ships, thus enabling the concept of ‘Co-operative Engagement Capability’ (CEC). The two multi-role helicopters that are embarked on Satpura provide enhanced surveillance and attack capability.

INS Satpura has been conceived and designed by an Indian Naval design team. This class of ships will be the mainstay frigates of the Indian Navy in the first half of the 21st century. The incorporation of numerous new design features aboard INS Satpura effectively reduces the probability of her being detected at sea. The in-built structural, thermal and acoustic stealth features augment the potent capability of the ship to address threats in all dimensions of maritime warfare.

The ship is propelled by two modern LM 2500 Gas Turbine, which enable her to generate speeds in excess of 30 knots (or over 55 kmph), and two SEMT Pielstic Diesel Engines for normal cruising speeds. The ship’s electric power is provided by four Diesel Alternators, which together produce 4 Mega-Watts of power-enough to light up a small town.The power generation and distribution on board is controlled through an ‘Automated Power Management System’ (APMS).

INS Satpura is also equipped to operate in an environment contaminated by nuclear, biological or chemical agents. The state-of-the-art ‘Total Atmospheric Control System’ (TACS) ensures filtration of the air going into the ship at all times. In addition, it ensures the complete removal of radioactive, chemical or biological impurities, thereby protecting the crew and shipborne systems.

The ship’s domestic requirements of fresh water are met through two Reverse Osmosis plants, while a fully automated galley, ensures that the crew can be fed a variety of cuisines, including freshly baked bread and home-made ice cream. The accommodation for the 35 officers and 250 crew members of INS Satpura incorporates advanced ergonomic design and ensures crew comfort and space management.

Among the dignitaries present at today’s ceremony were the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral DK Joshi; the Defence Secretary, Shri Shashi Kant Sharma and the Chairman and Managing Director of Mazagon Dock Limited, Vice Admiral (Retd) HS Malhi.

DPR-Navy

DRDO & ICAR Enter Memorandum Of Agreement For Storage Of Germplasm



DRDO

Monday, August 22, 2011

K-19, T-34 Find Pride Of Place In Russian Military Museum!












Russia Sells Kuznetsov for 800 R, While Chinese Carrier Varyag is For 900 R! Any Buyers? :)





Su-35 & Test Pilot (He flew me in 2009 MAKC on my Su-30MK sortie!)







T-50 Makes Emergency Landing Due To Engine Failure On Last Day Of MAKC!

This happened yesterday, as we were getting ready to take-off from Moscow to Delhi. Yesterday was the last day of the MAKC International Aviasalon and Space Show in Zhukovsky, and we heard about it on our flight. Not sure if its T-50 zero or T-50-One, but one of the engines, during a practice sortie take-off, in front of the general visitors, made Sergei Bogdan apply emergency brakes with the tail parachute, reported Interfax.

Friday, August 19, 2011

India, Russia Sign IRSA, For Support Of Contracts--Iron Out Issues!

The most worrying was the upgrade of the Sukhoi radar which HAL has attempted. They've gone from i-10 to i-11, but the upgraded radar is not working says the IAF who has written to HAL, who in turn have approached Russia. This was discussed in the IRSA (Indo-Russian Support Agreement), and other contracts pending, for which support is required.

T-50 Likely To Be Called Su-50, In Russian Airforce, After Induction!






Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Other Debutante At MAKC-2011 : Sukhoi-35 Makes First Public Flight!



Two More Operable PAK-FA Prototypes To Fly By End 2011, Third To Have Radar Suite, Firing Tests To Begin Next Year : UAC

Details coming up tonight!

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